March 25, 2014 – 5:36 am

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Switzerland 1986 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Altes Schlachthaus, Bern, Switzerland; May 25, 1986. Excellent FM broadcast.

In 2000, John Zorn released an album called Hsu Feng, named after a Taiwanese wuxia actress best known for her performances in King Hu’s films. In fact, many of the album’s tracks are named after the King Hu films, such as The Valiant Ones, The Fate Of Lee Khan, Dragon Gate Inn and Hsia Nu (A Touch Of Zen).

Dean McFarlane reviewing the Hsu Feng album at

This CD provides an exceptional overview of the work of John Zorn, as it collects numerous short works which exhibit his groundbreaking methods in structured improvisation known as game pieces, which are among his most highly acclaimed achievements of the ’80s period. These works date from 1977 through 1989 and keep with the tradition of his widely known Cobra works, whereby Zorn harnessed the ferocity of free improvised music, avant-garde, and jazz and fused it with the sensibilities of European modern classical music. Hsu Feng is named after the Chinese kung fu actress and the work is as dramatic, violent, and fast-paced as most of her onscreen appearances.

In 1986, Zorn, as part of The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet, released Voodoo.

Scott Yanow at noted: “This unusual album is an unlikely success… Zorn creates fairly boppish solos with occasional hints at more advanced improvising techniques.” Rolling Stone quipped: “Here Zorn sounds like he’s having serious fun.”

Thanks to nadir_53 for recording and sharing the tracks at Dime.

Picture by Maarten Mooijman, posted at - Thanks!

Broadcast by Swiss DRS II as “2x John Zorn” - broadcast date unknown.
Original cassette recording from FM radio > wav (by terratec phono preamp studio) > flac

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Hsu Feng
Track 01. Radio Intro 0:28 (791k)
Track 02. Hsu Feng 10:42 (18.0MB)
Track 03. Hsu Feng 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 04. Hsu Feng 13:21 (22.4MB)
Track 05. Hsu Feng 9:14 (15.5MB)
Track 06. Hsu Feng 8:20 (14.0MB)
Track 07. Radio Outro 0:37 (1.0MB)
48 mins

Hsu Feng:
George Lewis - trombone, voice
Bill Frisell - guitar
Michael Vatcher - drums, perc., voice
Steve Beresford - piano, organ, computer, percussion, trumpet, voice
David Weinstein - synthesizer
Bruno Gattiker - cello
John Zorn - conductor + prompter

Sonny Clark Memorial
Track 08. Radio Intro 0:46 (1.3MB)
Track 09. Sonny Clark Memorial - Hank’s Other Tune (Hank Mobley) 8:30 (14.3MB)
Track 10. Sonny Clark Memorial - Melody for C (Sonny Clark) 8:29 (14.2MB)
Track 11. Sonny Clark Memorial - KD’s Motion (Kenny Dorham) 10:19 (17.3MB)
Track 12. Sonny Clark Memorial - News For Lulu (Sonny Clark) 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 13. Radio Outro 0:21 (593k)
32 mins

Sonny Clark Memorial Trio:
John Zorn - alt sax
George Lewis - trombone
Bill Frisell - guitar


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  1. 10 Responses to “JOHN ZORN - BERN 1986”

  2. Thanks, Big-O! Zorn’s on quite a roll these days, so I’m looking forward to hearing this period I’m not acquainted with… particularly with Frisell.

    By lowendbill on Mar 25, 2014

  3. John Zorn, King Hu, and Hsu Feng… this looks tasty. Xiexie for that!

    By Formosa Coweater on Mar 25, 2014

  4. Hopefully you will put my name to the photo credits.[email protected]/2615953937/in/photolist-4ZarY6-4ZeFiW-4ZeFqh-4ZeFum-5sReR2-5EW7Ty-5HXcSR-5Pj1zA-5Urvow-6DKQBt-6DKQCP-6DKQFV-6DKTi6-6Eme9F-6Eqp7j-6Eqp99-6Eqpgh-6FeirT-6Feitz-6FeiuH-6FeiwD-6Feiya-6KV7TG-6SJbtG-7d3GJp-fbe5iK-fbtkJQ-fbtktQ-fbtkEC-fbtknj-fbe4ZF-fbe5az-fbtks5-fbe582

    By Maarten on Mar 26, 2014

  5. Thanks, bigO!. Great shot, Maarten.

    By NAMoosedog on Mar 26, 2014

  6. Hello Maarten

    Thanks for the great picture. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 26, 2014

  7. Track 9 is “Hank’s Other Tune” by Hank Mobley.
    Track 10 is “Melody for C” by Sonny Clark.
    Track 11 is “K.D.’s Motion” by Kenny Dorham.
    Track 12 is “News for Lulu” by Sonny Clark.

    By PXF on Apr 3, 2014

  8. Hello PXF


    By bigozine2 on Apr 3, 2014

  9. Radio intro/outro (Tracks 01+07) mentions DAVID Gattiker on cello.

    By F maj7 on Apr 3, 2014

  10. The second band isn’t the Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet, it’s News For Lulu. The band recorded two albums for Hat Hut. The self-titled first album was studio and the second More News For Lulu was recorded live in Paris and Basel Switzerland both in January of 1989.

    By Jeff Kent on Feb 27, 2015

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